Gunman wounds two in rampage
A MAN went on a shooting rampage in Mooi River on Friday and wounded two people.
He first shot at a woman driving along Lawrence Road. The bullet went through the passenger window and hit her in the chest.
The gunman then ran down the road and shot a young man seated on the roadside with his friends. He was shot in the leg.
Both victims were stabilised by Nsele EMS and taken to hospital by Netcare 911 paramedics.
The gunman was arrested. An eyewitness, Clinton Govender, said he was in his office in Lawrence Road when he heard a gunshot. When he looked out, he saw a woman in her car who he thought had experienced a blowout. He saw a man approach the car and thought she was going to be hijacked. The man went to the passenger side and fired two shots. The woman got out and ran.
“He followed the woman. He was trying to shoot her again but the gun malfunctioned.”
The woman ran into his office parking lot. The gunman continued 100 metres down the road and shot the young man. When police arrived, the gunman held the gun to his head but then put it down. Asked why he went on a shooting rampage, he said he “felt like shooting”.
Govender said: “He kept saying that he will plead insanity and get out and come back … as if he had done something like this before.”
The gunman laughed when he was put in the police van.
Describing him, Govender said that he was neatly dressed and looked “normal”. He did not seem as if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Police spokesperson Gay Ebrahim said that two cases of attempted murder have been opened against the man. The shootings appear to have been “unprovoked and random”, she said.